What Does One Eat On The Carnivore Diet?

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It’s a meat lover’s dream. 🥩

At Hip2Keto, we love meat, so naturally, the Carnivore diet is a topic that piques our interest. In fact, we’re so passionate about it that we’re reading The Carnivore Code by Dr. Paul Saladino for our latest Hip2Keto Book Club selection. I mean who doesn’t love thinking about a juicy steak all day? 😋

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Many are living the Carnivore lifestyle and loving it!

We previously chatted with two lovely women who follow a Carnivore diet and have both discovered tremendous health benefits after adopting this lifestyle. Today we’re following up with Charlene Anderson for an update! 

As a zero-carb adherent, Charlene focuses on eating only animal products — and a LOT of them! Naturally, fat is a hugely important part of this lifestyle.

“The best takeaway was the freedom from illness, pain, insurmountable fatigue, extreme hunger, excess weight, mental anguish and darkness, and confusion. I could name over 100 things that I became free from. Who knew that by being so “limited”, I’d feel freer, healthier, and happier than I ever could imagine!” 

So we asked her what we’d ask anyone following a strict meat diet…

What do you eat on a Carnivore diet?

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“We eat just fatty, untrimmed ribeye (at least 80% fat by calorie) on a daily basis. It’s about 1-1.5 pounds of cooked steak.”

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Many who follow the Carnivore lifestyle subscribe to the ‘nose to tail’ way of eating which is simply using everything from the animal without letting anything go to waste.

While Charlene likes to stick to just ribeye steaks, you can still enjoy other options while sticking to the Carnivore diet:

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  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Seafood including white fish, shrimp, tuna, salmon, scallops, crab, oysters, lobster, sardines, and squid
  • Bison
  • Venison
  • Bone Marrow
  • Bone Broth
  • Eggs (preferably organic)
  • Butter, heavy cream, and hard cheese are sometimes consumed in very limited quantities by carnivore eaters, but typically should be eliminated.

Avoid seasonings, sauces, alcohol, nuts and seeds, processed meats (including bacon), and basically anything that isn’t meat. Stick with a LOT of water and bone broth to drink. Try to avoid tea and coffee as the caffeine is often dehydrating.

How do you prepare your steaks?

“Joe (my husband) cooks 1.25” thick ribeyes by pan-frying (with no fat added since the steaks are so fatty already) and flipping once until they’re medium to medium-well. We don’t use seasoning—we all love how it tastes without anything added!”

Where do you purchase your ribeye steaks?

packages of ribeye steaks at Costco

“We buy in bulk at Sam’s Club, so the price per pound can be better than buying in smaller amounts. I know a lot of people buy ribeye at Costco and receive great deals there, too. I feel my best when we eat meat from the larger meat companies like IBP, National, and Excel. Their steaks are all grass-fed, grain-finished, versus grass-fed/finished.”

So why do you eat only ribeye?

rib eye in a butcher's case

“Ribeye is all I desire and what makes me feel best, so that’s what I eat! It’s what makes me energetic, creative, happy, and productive. What’s better than that? 😀

Who else has the urge now to head to the store and pick up some steak?!

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We know we sure do! While it’s a unique eating lifestyle, we’re so happy for Charlene and her family with all the good the Carnivore diet has done for them! Thanks so much, Charlene, for answering our questions!

Curious to learn more about carnivore eating? Read The Carnivore Code with us and join the Hip2Keto Book Club!

About the writer:

Angela graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and has 25+ years of experience as a writer and photographer with her work being featured in US Weekly Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and more.

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